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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
president obama on the passing of nelson mandela. our coverage continues throughout the evening and again on www.nbcwashington.com. >>> new at 5:00, tonight, we are hearing from one of the world's richest women who caused a deadly crash in northern virginia. >> 74-year-old jacqueline mars, co-owner of mars candy company pleaded guilty to reckless driving. julie carey reports it was the victim's relatives who spared mars from going to prison. >> reporter: these photos show the horrifying aftermath of what prosecutors say was a tragic accident on the afternoon of october 4th. a porsche suv crossed the center line of route 50 and struck a van carrying a family from texas who had come for a wedding. a van passenger, 86-year-old was killed instantly and the van's driver who was eight months pregnant lost her baby. today, inside a courtroom, that family asked for mercy for jacqueline mars. >> what we saw here today was the great moment in human forgiveness and compassion. >>reporter: news 4 reported mars told a rescuer she had fallen asleep at the wheel. she was not under the influence of drugs
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Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
for the holidays. we'll get an inside look at michelle obama shows off the decorations. >> and college students getting canine therapy. >>> metro is taking heat for a controversial series of new ads at metro station next week. one makes a comment about new metro improvements while the other says, quote, can't we just talk about shoes? some commuteayhe ad is sexist and unfair to women. >> well, just the smile on their faces, it's like, this is a serious conversation. but it's very flippant. just thinking about shoes. it's nothing to smile about. >> metro says the ads are a part of a series that shows riders including men having casual conversations about improvements to the railways. coming up at 5:00, transportation reporter adam tuss has more about the complaints. send us your feedback by calling or texting. text one for yes and 2 for no. we'll share your responses tonight on news 4 at 5:00. >>> quiet please. a new law says loud music, car horns and barking dogs are a criminal offense. violatorscan be fined up to $500. some residents called it too strict. others, too lack. supervisors say it's
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Dec 2, 2013 2:20am EST
obama's promises to fix healthcare.gov, will the website be fixed well enough to handle the millions of people that could sign up this month? and what will be the impact of obama care on the 2014 elections, and even perhaps the 2016 presidential race? >>> plus, an historic week for pope francis with his first major statement, attacking what he calls, quote, the idolatry of money. what continues is a whirlwind change for the vatican. i'll go one on one with cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he is one of the leading cardinals in america. he talks about why the church has turned against obama care and why the church has been outmarketed on gay marriage. >>> nbc correspondent harry smith with the story of the survivor of the boston marathon bombing. he represents the true meaning of boston strong. i'm david gregory onand this is "meet the press" on sunday, december 1st. >>> good sunday morning. a big weekend for the future of president obama's landmark health care legislation, two months to the day since the troubled launch of heal healthcare.gov, they put out a report this morning say
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Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm EST
. there's nothing illegal or alien about any human being. >> on friday, president obama and the first lady visited the striking activists. the president told them immigration reform is still on his agent. the senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill in june but the overhaul stalled in the house. >>> nice weather out there today. temperatures warmer than they have been. >> are they going to stay that way? don't think so, right veronica? >> at least for today. we are walking it back a bit. we are going to like tomorrow at least. the temperatures, again, a big warm up for today. let me show you how mild it is walking around without a coat. some of us without a jacket today with the temperatures in the 50s throughout the area. some of our warmest spots down here, you folks throughout southern areas of prince george's county, charles county, stafford county, 55 degrees in stafford. 57 in fredericksburg, virginia. let me show you how much milder it's going to be this week. temperatures going way up. in a couple minutes, i'm going to take you into the warmest day of the workweek and show
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
president obama, mrs. obama president bush and his wife will travel together. local leaders feel a special connection to the legacy. tom sherwood has more on how mandela's work helped shape the people shaping our community today. >> reporter: josh williams for 30 years led the metropolitan labor council. he still gets gidy when he talks about meeting mandela here in 1990. >> i would say it's such an honor to meet you madiba. i didn't say mandela, i said madiba. don't ask me why, it just came out of my mouth. >> reporter: the colorful posters from 1994 when he was an election watcher in south africa. he likes the picture taken with mandela at the cia headquarters because of his fierce support for labor. >> that to me is the picture i will always cherish. he was in the house of labor. >> reporter: d.c. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton has her own memories. she was among four that helped spark demonstrations to bring about reform in south africa and freedom for trade leaders there. she said it was time to celebrate his long and worthy life of making life bett
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Dec 4, 2013 11:00am EST
by just 165 votes. today president obama is heading in to talk about the economy. here's a look at the arts and recreation campus. he will be speaking a few minutes from now. we don't expect him to make specific announcements, but he will urge congress to pass a budget and extend unemployment by the end of the year. three house committees are holding hearings that focus on the affordable care act's roll out. republicans in the committee say issues with healthcare.gov prove they can't handle undertakings. democrats disagree with that. >> we have before us an example of something that may be too big to swallow even for the u.s. federal government. >> our country's experience with social security in 1935, medicare in 1965 and a prescription drug program in 2005 democrats the government is capable of overcoming the initial problems with the implementation. >> president obama insists the program is working well. he spoke in front of people who said have benefitted from the new law and works well for the ma jorit of users. as you heard, republicans remain skeptical and you are hearing
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Dec 9, 2013 3:20am EST
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00am EST
president. and in 2011, he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters malia and sash tha a. nelson mandela re-entered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof in a one life can make a difference. >> we are one country, we are one people. >> reporter: brian williams, nbc news, new york. >>> we'll have much more on mandela's death in just a moment, but first, a massive winter storm is blasting its way across much of the country. in oklahoma, a number of accidents have been reported due to the recent snow accumulation. temperatures in missouri hit so low that roads became sheets of ice leaving drivers sliding all over the place. and for more on this storm, bill karins is here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. and as advertised, this has been just as bad as we expected. many airports will have problems including many people's morning commutes. a lot of school delays, school cancellations out there. the freeze line is the important line. that's the white line. 28 in dallas, 20 in oklahoma city, plenty col
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Dec 2, 2013 4:00pm EST
obama's administration says healthcare.gov is working properly 90% of the time. the website appears to have met the self-imposed deadline of december 1st to be up and running 80% of the time. meanwhile, nbc news confirms 100,000 americans successfully selected insurance plans in november. it's a huge increase from the 27,000 able to do so in october. the question now is whether the fixes will be enough to repair some of the heavy political damage caused by the disastrous launch. steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with the latest on that. the glitches were causing democrats to consider breaking ranks on the affordable care act. is everyone back in line now? >> reporter: i don't think they are. the glitches remain. glitch is the term the obama care people would love everybody to use. it kind of implies that these are small, fixable problems when, in fact, serious systemic problems remain. that 100,000 number, give or take 10% or 15% each way that signed up to the moment on the federal obama care exchange is more than doubled by the state exchanges. there's a relative handful of
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Dec 8, 2013 8:00am EST
in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell yo
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Dec 9, 2013 2:20am EST
this morning. president obama and the first lady will be going to south africa on tuesday. and former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from new york, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene hunter-gault and have her set the scene with this national period of mourning and reflection and celebration. good morning, charlene. >> reporter: right now, david, it is pouring down rain, and in south
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00am EST
.gov. the obama administration said it is working better and faster, but not perfect. tracie potts has more on what happens next. >> i will make sure we get it fixed. >> the obama administration said they met their deadline. 50,000 people can use the website at the same time. 800,000 a day. most of the time with just 1% getting error messages. >> it is working reasonably well. >> while the front door may be open, the backdoor calculating payments for insurance companies is a mess. >> the information coming out to the insurance companies is still garbage. it's undecipherable. >> they are working around it instead of solving it. >> still concerns about whether all that personal information is secure. >> i don't care if you are for or against it, republican or democrat, we should not tolerate the sheer level of incompetence scouring the site. >> yes, there no problems. let's work to fix that. >> weeks away from the end of the year, millions of seeing the old plans ette plans for many of the people. that got really lot of. >> americans have an extra week to sign up. the new deadline is december
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
. what could cause the price >>> president obama back at the white house right now after a brand-new interview at a local university. >> chris matthews, host of "hardball" is here to talk about his exclusive interview. >> you played hardball with the president down from our station. we imagine you talked about health care. >> i did. i got the question people are really asking. the poll numbers are down everywhere. it's a sense the government isn't being tightly controlled. people aren't getting follow through. getting it executed was a problem. i asked what the management system is. i asked him about, you know, this dysfunction in washington, it's the number one concern right now. politicians can't do their job and compromise. we are under strict -- in terms of his words. he was wonderful, when i heard the speech, it seemed parallel to what pope francis is saying with economic justice, especially the poor people. he was really, i'm sure he never said this before. he started talking about what it meant to him and what he's in politics for and why. later on, he gave a portrait of p
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was especially inspired is american president, barack obama, who shared his reaction a few moments ago to the
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Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
obama called mandela one of the most influential, a courageous and profoundly good men that ever lived. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, it gave me a sense of whatans ca they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. >> to honor the memory of nelson mandela, president obama has ordered flags to be flown at half staff at the white house and all publi buildings. >> tonight, the tributes in his honor. but let's begin with more on the growing crowds outside mandela's home in johannesburg. >>> nelson mandela's suburban mansion in johannesburg. the crowds have been building the last few hours, singing songs of the anti-apartheid struggle, singing the south african national anthem. late in the evening, the south african president went on national television and broke the news. and in doing so, broke the hearts of millions of south africans. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. >> nelson mandela went into hospital six months ago, first seriously ill, then critically ill, then he was returned to his home
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
about services being planned in south africa. >> president obama and the first lady say they will travel there for the funeral. >> people of all ages, colors and creeds gathered outside his home in johannesburg. plans for the burial are about to take place. there will be a memorial tuesday. his burial sunday in his hometown. shomari stone is live from the embassy in southwest washington where the flow of visitors has been steady. >> reporter: indeed, the flow has been steady over the last 24 hours. a very sad day here, gloomy like the weather. let me move out the way. you can see the memorial here. this fence was in front of the statue yesterday, but now they moved the fence around the statue so people can drop off, you know, flowers and other things to pay tribute to nelson mandela. let's roll video. hundreds of people have stopped by dropping off candles, notes and photos to honor the former south african president and anti-apartheid leader. he spent 27 years in jail in his fight against the partheid. >> we had the opportunity to come by and talk about what nelson mandela meant to the
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Dec 7, 2013 5:00am EST
christmas tree for 2013. first lady michelle obama followed tradition, along with her daughters and puppies, and send the gift of an 18.5-foot tall douglas fir from a tree farm in leighton, pennsylvania. >> the best part of the holiday season. check it out. >> reporter: presidents and first ladies have been welcoming christmas trees the white house for more than a century. delivering gift of greenery for the historic blue room from the national christmas tree association became a bona fied trapped commission 1966, one welcomed by every first couple from the reagans to the obamas. and every year, the delivery happens with much anticipation and a crowd of media with snapping cameras and extended microphones. but this year, a moment perhaps like most any american family. >> so, what do you think? >> love it. >> all right. we will keep it. >> in washington, aaron gilchrist, news4. >>> here is look at the holiday decorations inside the white house now. the first lady hosted military families for the first viewing of this year's christmas display, but one little girl whose parents work in alexand
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Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
,000 for information that leads to an arrest. >>> and tonight we've learned that president obama and first lady michelle obama will be in south africa on tuesday to pay their final respects to nelson mandela. they plan to attend a memorial in johannesburg at a stadium. the president will travel with former president george w. bush and laura on air force one. bill clinton and jimmy carter also plan to attend. the mandela family released their first statement since he passed away saying they've lost a great man. a son of the soil. here in d.c., a growing tribute outside the south african embassy in northwest. a steady stream of people have been coming since the news broke. one local d.c. resident said she was inspired by the former south african president and felt compelled to visit his statue. >> he was willing to give his life to what he believed in. he moved me. i had to be here. >> a memorial for mandela is being planned at the washington national cathedral on wednesday. >>> news 4 will have complete coverage as the world pays tribute to nelson mandela our. our own jim vance will also be in s
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Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >> the news was followed by president obama at the white house. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> part of ap emotional appearance late today by president obama in the white house briefing room. nbc news correspondent based in south africa was outside the mandela home when the news broke and remains there tonight and ro hip, all night tonight we have seen video of people gathering to sing and celebrate the life of nelson mandela, while it's important to remember a lot of south africans are still going to wake up to the sad news in the morning. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it is in credcredibly early in morning here, almost 2:00 o'clock and many south africans haven't heard the news yet. a few hundred of those who have came down here to nelson mandela's home they gathered around singing songs of the anti-apartheid struggle, singing it in all 12 language,multi cultural multi racial musical celebration of the rainbow nation. one of the
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Dec 2, 2013 6:00pm EST
up for obama care does not mean you are covered. it's 90% functional. at peak times, signing up could not work. >> reporter: the front end of healthcare.gov was working well. 375,000 users say the administrators between midnight and noon. senior administration officials told nbc news as of 5:30 today, 750,000 users on healthcare.gov. websites have a front end and back end. the back could be a problem. the front end is what you log on to amazon.com and click you want to buy a lightbulb. that's the front end. then the system has to kick out an order to send you a lightbulb. healthcare.gov has problems with both ends. at a can have fee shop in d.c., robert tried to get on healthcare.gov. it didn't crash or freeze, but this note, the site cannot handle a surge of users. the white house says 375,000 logged on between midnight and noon. >> we want to make sure their experience is vastly improved. >> reporter: it was this weekend in northern virginia. obama care navigators got people logged in and signed up. >> this was my third time on the website, you know, the first time i couldn't get th
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Dec 3, 2013 5:00pm EST
't believe the two were racing anyone. >>> new developments in the affordable care act. president obama's chief of staff says healthcare.gov had more than a million new visitors yesterday and he says the site is stable and faster for users. but, they are not out of the woods yet. the university of notre dame is suing over the mandate that its insurance plans cover birth control. school officials say it goes against the catholic church's teachings and violates their right to religious freedom. they put the public focus back on the benefits of the law. >> now that we are getting technology fixed, we need you to go back, take a look at what's actually going on because it can make a difference in your lives and the lives of your families. >> our team coverage continues in our next hour. ahead on news 4 at 6:00, steve handelsman reports on how to be sure you are really covered once you enroll on healthcare.gov. at 7:00, new reaction to the president's push. >>> detroit will be allowed to shed billions of dollars of debt in the country's largest ever bankruptcy filing. a judge ruled that detr
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Dec 4, 2013 5:00pm EST
. >> president obama held a youth summit at the white house. he's urging young people to spread the word about health insurance coverage and to buy some under the affordable care act. now that the website is working well, people should sign up even if they don't think they need insurance. he said he felt the same way in his late 20s. >> aside from the occasional basketball injury, you know, most of the time i felt like i had nothing to worry about. that's what most people think until they have something to worry about. >> and president obama said often it's too late by them. >>> how many ambulances and fire trucks does d.c. have to respond to emergencies is being questioned tonight. and the fire chief is in the hot seat trying to come up with answers. >>> and we'll try to find out why some people ended up the talk of the town. >> it was a little bit crazy in here for a while. there was a whole crowd like watching them >>> shopkeepers in one springfield shopping area are still talking tonight about an unexpected intruder. >> along with the black friday crowds, a deer got into huntsman square hi
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Dec 8, 2013 9:00am EST
up the type of deal? south africa to attend nelson mandela's funeral. >> president obama being the first black president of the united states, talked about how he admired man tella from afar. he remembers seeing him from his >>> right now, people in south africa are remembering their president as people mark his death with prayer. celebrating his life. the 94-year-old chied thursday and will be buried one week from today. here in washington you have a chance to attend a memorial service for nelson mandela. offering a limited number of tickets for wednesday morning's memorial service held at the national cathedral. people have been gathering to lay flowers on the statue of mandela. condolence book is available for people to sign until tuesday. hosting nightly vigils tonight, tomorrow and tuesday night. >> this morning, we've learned four of the five living u.s. presidents will head to south africa this week. former president jimmy carter, the latest to confirm that he will head to johannesburg. this comes after presidents barack obama, bill clinton and george w. bush -- george h
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Dec 2, 2013 4:00am EST
on the problem-plagued obama care website. the site has more than tripled with 400 bugs gone. the president assess healthcare.gov now works for the vast mortgage of applicants. applicants must enroll for coverage starting as soon as the new year. >>> check this out. a man in minnesota made it snow on some lucky shoppers at the mall of america as let it snow from a tree down below. the man threw 1,000 one-dollar bills off the mall's fourth floor. he said he had a rough year and he just wanted to make people happy on black friday. unfortunately, police weren't too happy with the man's stunt as they charged him with disorderly conduct. the man argued, quote, i don't see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct. >>> some hunters in north dakota caught a glimpse of this. a spinning disk of ice about 50 feet in diameter in the middle of the sheyenne river trying to say the ice disk was likely formed by cold dense air and an eddy in the river. bill karins told us -- how did that happen. >> it's like crop circles. >> don't you think? i'm looking at this, how in earth? >> yeah, i guess you see rivers
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Dec 2, 2013 4:30am EST
michelle obama as well as the first lady of china. more than 123,000 people voted on online to pick the cub's name and dozens lined up early to get a good spot for the reveal. >> it's been years since we had a cub. we wanted to celebrate that and we also want to kind of get people excited. >> his mother mei xiang gave birth. can you imagine the mob scene that will be january at the national zoo when bao bao is relaesed to the public? >> if 123,000 people voted for the name, each one will want to come and see him. >> i can't wait to see her up close. she's adorable. >> stay with us. news 4 at 5:00 continues right now. >>> we have breaking news right now at 5:00 a.m. news 4's megan mcfwrath is on the scene of a the water main break. >> reporter: a major intersection that's affected. they have just begun the work of digging up this ruptured water main right at the intersection of benning road in northeast washington. the westbound lanes of benning are closed. all lanes of bladensburg lane are closed. this is a 12-inch main that ruptured early this morning. they have to finish digging it up and
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Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm EST
for coverage that begins january 1st. >>> the supreme court rejected a challenge to obama care. the court declined to take up an aautomobile from liberty university. the school challenged the constitutionality of several provisions of the law. liberty last in the lower courts and the supreme court refused to hear the appeal. >>> a big red ribbon is hanging to raise awareness of hiv and aids. president obama spoke from the white house about the progress made in fighting this disease and pledging that america will continue to lead the world in finding a cure. the president said that $100 million will go towards an nih project to find new treatments. >>> if we stay focused, if we keep fighting and honor the memory of those we have lost, if we summon the same courage they have displayed by insisting however long it takes, i believe we are going win this fight. >> the president also reminded people that the affordable care act will allow people to get tested for aids free of charge. a u.s. initiative started under president bush helped treat tloz to 7 million people with aids in africa. despit
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Dec 3, 2013 11:00am EST
. >>> and right now, president obama and his administration is stagger is a full-out bliss to get people to sign up for the affordable care act. a blitz that is. coming up, a look at what you may be seeing is or hearing the next three weeks. >>> the mayors race in >>> our tom sherwood is following up on a story he was first to report yesterday. mayor vincent gray is running for reelection. many people have been wondering for more than a year if he would seek a second term. federal prosecutors are still looking into his 2010 campaign. four people pleaded guilty to running a shadow campaign that helped him get elected. gray, though, is not facing any charges. >> our record speaks for itself. look at the fiscal stability, education, the way people are getting back to work. >> some of gray's opponents are already criticizing him for running again. tommy wells says the mayor doesn't deserve a second chance because he ran a corrupt campaign. >> and new, vice president joe biden is taking a stance against china's air defense zone. earlier today he held a press conference. biden told the u.s. he is deep
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00am EST
-day enrollment total to 56,000, twice as many as the month of october. president obama urged activists not to give up. >>> in canada new court documents say toronto mayor ford may have offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the video tape that appears to show him smoking crack. >>> in israel they lift the eighth light made up of crane trucks lifted 92 feet in the sky. >>> turning to business. fast food workers will walk off their jobs again in more than 100 cities today calling for higher wages. >>> more than 12,000 battle rattles are being called because colored arches could break into smaller parts. >>> the new owner of news week says it plans to revive in the print issue. >>> tv ads for super bowl xlviii in february have rolled out. 43 advertisers bought time for commercials. that is up $4 million from last year. >>> tiz the season. a donor put a rare gold coin in a salvation army kettle worth $1,275. >>> richard lui's sports headlines are coming up. >>> jimmy kimmal hosts a danceoff with finest fans. this is something you got to see. >>> 113th congress is about to go down as the
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Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm EST
that continue outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. president obama will travel there to take part in events to honor his life. the country is planning a public memorial on tuesday. his burial takes place the following sunday. several memorial events are planned here in washington, including an official service next week at the national cathedral. shomari stone joins us live from the south african embassy in northwest washington with the latest from there. >> reporter: good evening. right now, i'm standing outside the embassy and i'm in front of the ten-foot statue of nelson mandela unveiled two months ago. let me move out the way. it continues to grow with the flowers and a lot of folks tell me they are concerned a lot of people aren't coming tonight due to the weather. it's worth mentioning folks are honoring the iconic life of nelson mandela. >> it's a -- gosh, i want to say a happy sad. >> reporter: she has mixed emotions at the south african embassy over the death of mandela. he died at 95 years old. >> i don't think he would want us to be sad, you know, he lived a full life.
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Dec 8, 2013 10:00am EST
throughout the struggle is inspiring. he inspired a generation of politicians like barack obama for whom the apartheid fight, the fight to end apartheid was their civil rights struggle that they were able to emotionally connect to. >> remembering mandela, you'll be talking about that on "meet the press" coming up at 10:30 here on nbc 4. thank you so much, david. >> all right, guys. good to see you. >> we continue to stay on top of our wintry weather that has made its with an he he to our area. >> let's check in with chuck. >> vj and i are in the storm center, keeping track of every flake as it comes down across the area. a lot more flakes coming up this morning into today. we're all worried about the we're all worried about the chanceuse chase freedom atselecs and get 5% cash back this quarter. so you can give her an even bigger surprise. activate your 5% cash back at chase.com/freedom chase. so you can. live pictures now outside the u.s. capital. you can really make out those big fat snowflakes coming down there. pretty impressive. >> we want to take you over to the white house. seeing
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Dec 8, 2013 6:30pm EST
the football game. we'll see you then. . >>> good evening fromouth africa. president obama will begin making his way here to south africa tomorrow. to attend tuesday's public memorial service for nelson mandela. for three days now, south africans have been honoring and celebrating the man who helped unlock racist suppression and led his nation into democracy. it was a day of prayer and reflection. richard engel is also in johannesburg tonight and has this report. >> reporter: south africans let the holy spirit overwhelm them. they came to pray here because nelson mandela prayed here. fire master tom was growing up. mandela was in prison. they met only after he walk free. >> he was a friend. is he blood and flesh like us? because he was so good. >> reporter: for many here, mandela was more than just a prisoner turned president. he taught a lesson. >> we must always be humble, kind, and we huft love each other. >> the love that is everybody. >> reporter: even the u.s. ambassador got into the spirit singing kumbaya. >> it was incredibly powerful. if that singing did not stir your spirit -- >> r
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Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
this week. it comes after presidents barack obama, bill clinton and george w. bush have announced they will pay their respects. george h.w. bush is unable to go because of health issues. watch for live reports throughout the week as people around the world say good-bye to nelson mandela. >>> this morning, we're keeping close watch on that winter storm as it moves in. how it is forcing agencies like metro to change up their plan this is weekend. >>> another chance of snow in the seven-day forecast. we're coming back in a moment. [ male announcer ] you know what's so awesome about the internet? it gets more and more entertaining every day. and once you've got verizon fios, that's when you get it. america's fastest, most reliable internet takes your entertainment to ridiculous levels. i was streaming videos, movies, music. once i realized how fast it was, that's when i got it. [ male announcer ] and now you can get the ultimate holiday gift! get the fios triple play for just $79.99 a month online guaranteed for the first year. plus get a $300 holiday bonus with a 2-year agreement. te
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Dec 1, 2013 11:30pm EST
. the elaborate unveiling including lion dancers, music, and a video address from first lady michelle obama, and the first lady of china. more than 123,000 people voted on line to pick the cub's name and dozens lined up early to get a good spot for the big reveal. >> it's been eight years since we had a cub, tyson was the first so we wanted to celebrate that and we also want, you know, to kind of get people excited. >> bao bao's mother gave birth in 2005. he was returned to china in 2010 for breeding. well, the zoo waited 100 days to name bao bao in keeping with chinese tradition. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is on his way to southeast asia. biden plans to make stops in jap japan, china, and the border between north and south korea. trip comes amid tensions with north korea over two detained americans as well as its nuclear program. there have also been tensions with china over airspace covering the east china sea. vice president joe biden will meet with the presidents of south korea and china and the prime minister of japan during this trip. >>> in bethlehem, a giant christmas l
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
for faster service. today we also learn president obama still hasn't signed up for his health care. he has until december 23rd to enroll for coverage that begins january 1st. >>> next, a ruthless crime just before the holidays, too. tonight the new video that could help police find the men who stole thousands from the salvation army's red kettles. >> i cry every night ever since i found out. his kids cry. his -- it's something that was, of course, unexpected. >> a family man killed in a hit and run. and is tonight a desperate plea from the victim's family. >>> some call it the future. others call it a publicity stunt. >>> we're following breaking news in southern california. aerial video, as crews rescue a woman who fell 25 feet and got wedged between two buildings. this is in santa anna, california. it took firefighters an hour to get her out of there. the woman was seen speaking with firefighters and appeared to be alert. no word yet on the circumstances that led up to all of this. >>> tonight we're learning new details about the crash that killed actor paul walker and his friend. nbc ne
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Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
the incredible sacrifices our men and women in uniform make. first lady michelle obama invited service members and their children to the white house today to show off this year's christmas decorations. the tree in the blue room is dedicated to military families who often don't get the chance to spend the holidays with their loved ones. >> they aren't always able to make it home to see grandma and grandpa. as a consequence they have to find new ways to make the season bright. >> reporter: the first lady went into mommy mode during the event wiping one girl's sweater and soothing a 2-year-old who got knocked over by the first family's newest dog. the little girl was just fine and she even got a big old wet kiss from the dog. they made up. >> yeah. >> aw. >> it's tough. >> probably one of the most popular guests at the party. >> for sure. >> i would say. >>>m we're about to have kind of a wild ride, aren't we? >> i'm not sure i'm a popular guest nowadays after what i've got coming in. tomorrow, we will get up to 70. putting on that disguise, move in for the weekend because we could be in for one
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00am EST
, we are learning that president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week for the memorial events for nelson mandela. the first major events for wednesday. we don't have the exact schedule yet, but set for wednesday at the 90,000 seat stadium there. the president will go there and stay for the funeral service on sunday as well in south africa. that's the latest from the live desk. >> we will also learn more about plans to honor nelson mandela here in the u.s. we expect him to talk about 90 minutes from now. you see his statement live on nbcwashington.com. the committee that deciding where a casino will go is hearing from the three companies competing for the game license. the committee is holding a hearing right now in annapolis. prince georges count you bureau chief is there and and we will have the latest this afternoon. >> the first family will flip the switch for the lighting of the national christmas tree. this is video of this morning's rehearsal, actress and comedian jane lynch is hosting and the preshow begins at 4:30. look for live coverage at 5:00 and 6:00 and on
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm EST
and dancing. many say they would rather celebrate his life than mourn his death. >> president obama and the first lady will be among the dignitaries traveling to south africa next week to pay their final respects to the antiapartheid icon. there will be a public memorial service in a stadium in johannesburg on tuesday. mandela will lie instate for three days. his funeral is next sunday. >>> in new york city, the empire state building is lit in the colors of the south african flag. the landmark building will be like this through tomorrow night to honor mandela's memory and legacy. here in washington, more tributes at the south african embassy. shomari stone is live where people held a candlelight vigil a few hours ago. >> reporter: good evening. despite this rain, the cold, the miserable weather, people have been coming here to the south african embassy in front of the nell san mandela statue dropping all these flowers that extend on this table right in front. a lot of folks tell me that they are honoring nelson mandela and i asked why, and many of them tell me because he proves that
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Dec 9, 2013 4:30am EST
lean and carlos santana. earlier in the day president obama hosted them at the white house. you can watch the kennedy center honors later this month. >>> an iconic picture is emerging this morning from the winter storm and it comes from a football game. take a look at this. detroit lion calvin johnson catches a pass during the game in philadelphia and comes up, there, face full of snow. how about that. >> what could he have done, though? nothing. >> johnson's helmet gets dragged through a couple inches of snow there, gets most of it lodged in his facemask. how can you play in that? look at that. >> he held on to the ball. protected the ball. the ball is still there. >> do what you have to do. >> they played the entire game like this, whiteout conditions, could barely see what was going on. made for some good signs. >> that's what the million dollar salary will do for you. >>> give yourself plenty of extra time this morning. ice is in a lot of places from the windshield of your car to some streets and sidewalks. >>> and a live look now from the first 4 traffic live drive cam. we are on the
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Dec 2, 2013 5:00am EST
h healthcare.gov. the obama administration says it's working faster and better but it's not perfect. so what's next? nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a look at where things stand. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: hi, richard. good morning. what's next is to figure out if it's working well enough to get millions signed up by the beginning of the year. they pushed that deadline now so you have until december 23rd to sign up. the question is, is the system going to work? a lot of us were eating leftovers and enjoying the holiday when the administration came out with the latest report, so we'll recap for you 50,000 people they say at a time can now use the website that's 800,000 today with very few errors, about 1% the administration says, most of the time. but critics say this is a really big problem still with this website. you may be able to sign up for an insurance plan but the insurance companies calculating payments to pay for your insurance plan if you get subsidies which many people do, that part of the site not really working yet. it's the part that they were s
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
, president obama and secretary of state john kerry discuss the country's relationship with israel. it's part of a weekend forum hosted by d.c. based center for policy. happening at the willard continental in northwest d.c. and the israeli prime minister netanyahu will also be at the event. >>> pearl harbor caused the u.s. to enter world war ii. they'll participate in a wreath laying cemetery at the too many of the unknowns to honor the troops killed in the attacks. it's normally reserved for dignitaries like the president. they were selected for their leadership. more than 2400 americans died in the japanese air raid in 1941. >>> vice president joe biden took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the memorial in seoul korea. this morning he met with forces in korea and members of the u.s. embassy and also visited the border that separated north and south. he's on his way back to washington d.c. >>> two thieves on the loose at st. george's county. the surveillance picture that could help track them down. >>> now for chuck. >> the calm before the storm. go out and get your milk, bread, eggs. w
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